Answered By: Nicolas Oscar Castellanos
Last Updated: May 01, 2017     Views: 22

Reading NYTimes.com articles using the database

The site, nytimes.com, limits the number of free articles you can view each month. At first glance, the New York Times database is a poor substitute for the site, because today's articles are not organized by importance (i.e. there is no "front page"). If you look up today's newspaper, you get about 170 articles in no clear order.

To overcome this problem:

  • Click on the tab, "Today's Paper" at the top of the nytimes.com site. Listed on that page are the article titles and authors as they appear in the print edition and in the library database.
  • Look up author and title keywords from the "Today's Paper" page in the library database.
  • Improve your database results by limiting the date to today (on the Advanced Search page) or sorting the results by date, newest first.
  • Video demonstration

Note that if you simply look up authors and titles from the nytimes.com homepage, you may not get any results in our database. This is because the homepage is updated throughout the day, while the database is only updated once per day. For newer articles, wait until tomorrow, then go to the "Today's Paper" page.

New York Times access in general

UST Libraries gets the New York Times in print. See the newspaper racks to the right (west) of the Circulation Desk for today's issue.

We also have two digital resources for the New York Times.

New York Times gives access to article text from 1980 to the present.

New York Times Historical gives access to all newspaper text and full page images from 1851 to 2007.

Both of these resources may be searched by date and/or keyword.